So basically forget Avengers: Age of Ultron, it comes out in a little over two short months, what we really want to know about now is Captain America: Civil War. It carries the name of one of the most provocative and popular event series of the last decade aside from just being the follow-up to last year’s highly successful Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but Marvel Studios tripled down on the hype by signing up Robert Downey Jr. to appear as Tony Stark/Iron Man. With the two sides of the Civil War firmly attached, but the assumption being that the motivations of the movie Civil War being different from the comic book Civil War, the question must be asked: what will bring Cap and Iron Man to blows? And Downey answers…
In a new interview in Empire, the topic of Stark’s head space in Civil War came up in conversation. In Downey’s characteristic run-on answer to the question, he hints at where Tony is coming out at the end of Ultron, and the set of circumstances that set up the road to civil war in next summer’s Civil War:
“The main thing to me is, and this is where I think the Russos are quite brilliant and where Kevin backed the play, is what sort of incident could occur and what sort of framework could we find Tony in? The clues are in Ultron about where we might find [Tony] next. But what would it take for Tony to completely turn around everything he’s stood for, quote-unquote, because he was the right-wing guy who could still do his own thing….There’s always the bigger overarching question, that [Avengers director] Joss [Whedon] brings up all the time – it’s kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and it looked like a little collateral damage happened over there, and yet when the movie’s over, it’s like nobody minds. You have to figure, ‘Were you to ask the question, what would the American government do if this were real? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?'”
Like being the villain? Arguably Iron Man is the villain in the comic book Civil War story arc, granted his motives were somewhat understandable. We know that the real villainous villain of the movie Civil War is the Daniel Bruhl character who’s rumored to be Baron Zemo, and Frank Grillo‘s Crossbones is supposed to be in their too.
As for Downey, in the movie Civil War what does he say will drive Tony? Will it be the idea of superheroes being beholden to the government and being responsible to an oversight body, or perhaps it’s something more personal, like the fact that Cap’s best friend Bucky killed his parents on HYDRA’s orders? So is Stark taking a ride on the dark side?
“I wouldn’t put it that way. Ultimately it’s Steve’s story; it doesn’t say ‘Iron Man 4: Civil War’. I think that’s great too. I think Chris [Evans] has been hungry to bring even more of an underside and some shadow to that. I remember the comics – on the surface you got the sense that Cap was baseball and apple pie, but underneath there was all this churning stuff of being a man out of time. Now we know he’s made his peace with that. What’s the bigger issue? It can have a little something to do with the past, but it can be about someone becoming more modernized in their own conflict.”
Personal is right. With a battle to find his war buddy tainted by decades of re-programing, the betrayal of the government and one – if not many – of his Avengers teammates, Civil War promises to be a very different conflict for Captain America.
Captain America: Civil War will be out in theaters on May 6, 2016
Source: Coming Soon